Executive Directors Message

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Hawaii Restaurant Association is starting 2021 looking at a brighter future, with a full calendar planned with various events.

Our HRA Golf tournament is always enjoyed by all. I have been receiving requests for the date and the committee is currently working on it. More details to come! Volunteers are needed.

Another upcoming event is the Hawaii Hotel and Restaurant Show on Wednesday & Thursday, June 23th & 24th. In 2019 we had 4K attendees and this year we are anticipating 5 thousand plus attendees. Reserve your booth now for the best location. First come first served! And remember it’s always location, location, location!

Next will be our Annual Gala, the Hall of Fame set on Monday, Sept 20, 2021. We have two properties we are in discussions with right now. Save the date!

Our Air Quality Educational webinar was a huge success and the recording is available to all members that were not able to attend. All you need to do is email: info@hawaiirestaurant.org & place your request.

Look for details coming up on our future webinars:

PPP 2.0 Unlocking PPP & The Stimulus Relief

Chapter 5 Demystified. We all know about Chapters 7 & 11, now you will learn how Chapter 5 may benefit your business.

Commercial Rent Agreements – Negotiations and Trends, as we all renew our Commercial Rent Agreement, this is a highly requested webinar!

As I always say, restaurateurs are entrepreneurs even during a pandemic. My hats off and a huge applaud to the restaurants that opened up between March and December 2020.

These are a few of the restaurants that were able to establish their businesses amidst the climate of COVID-19. If I missed anyone, my sincerest apologies, please email me and I will be sure to mention your restaurant next month.

Here are a few of some of the restaurants that opened up from when COVID started in March through December 2020:

Aburiya Ibushi, Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020

Aburiya Ibushi is a new izakaya located in Kapahulu that specializes in charcoal-grilled and flame-teased meats.

J & S Lumpia Spot,  Sunday, April 12, 2020

J & S Lumpia Spot opened up a shop in Vineyard Blvd that sells crispy fried rolls that are filled with delicious fillings like meat, vegetable, Shanghai and banana.

Noods Ramen Bar Friday, April 24, 2020

Noods Ramen Bar is a ramen restaurant that opened for takeout in Kaimuki.

Heiho House, Saturday, Aug 1, 2020

Heiho House located in Kaimuki is a gastropub-style izakaya that is taking a creative approach to food and cocktails.

Beer Lab HI, Saturday, Sept 26, 2020

Beer Lab HI were able to open their third full-service brewpub at Pearlridge Center Mauka in the former Applebee’s space.

Mio Pastalogy, Saturday, Nov 14, 2020

You can Build your own fresh pasta bowls at Mio Pastalogy. You can include freshly made pastas, sauces and breads into your bowls. Look for Mio Pastalogy on McCully St.

Papa Kurt’s, Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020

Papa Kurt’s is a new school saimin stand that opened on Isenberg Street.

Kapa Hale, Thursday, December 10, 2020

Kapa Hale has a modern influence on Hawai`i Regional Cuisine

Even with the obstacles the pandemic may bring, restaurateurs will still find ways to continue pursuing their passion.

The Hawaii Restaurant Card – Holiday Card expires on March 31, 2021, a huge Mahalo to Rich Wacker, President & CEO of American Savings Bank, who came up with the idea and to all of the businesses that supported our restaurant industry by purchasing the cards this program will be able to keep cardholders coming in to our restaurants and get us through the 1st quarter of 2021! What a blessing and a great way to start off a new year!

We are only looking forward with optimism and hope for promising 2021!

May you and your loved ones continue to be safe and healthy and cheers to 2021![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”20410″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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